July 4th with the Boston Pops

28 Jun

Attending BU, I met a lot of people from California. The one thing they all said they loved about Boston is
the history of it, the importance of it in the history of our country. And every July, Boston and its history come together yet again to celebrate the birthday of the United States.

Celebrating the Fourth of July in Boston is amazing. I have only been able to do it once, but it was a great
experience and I had such an amazing time with my friends. This year, I am sure, is no different.

There are a ton of festivities throughout Boston and the area all this week through July 4th and they are all free. However, the main event, or rather the two main events, is this Sunday. On Sunday, July 3rd (it is July 3rd every year), the Boston Pops play a concert at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. This concert starts at 8:30 p.m. with the National Anthem and a flyover. At 9:30 p.m. the “1812 Overture” is played. Moreover, every year there is a special guest. This year, Lionel Richie will be playing. In addition, Michael Chicklis (“Sons of Anarchy”, “No Ordinary Family”) will be there as well with his band. The concert ends at 10 p.m.

The following day, on the US of A’s birthday, fireworks will go off at 10:30 p.m. over the Charles River. Many people gather to watch them on the Esplanade, and specifically at the Hatch Shell. I recommend finding somewhere else to watch them, or if you truly have nowhere else, somewhere on the Esplanade far away from the Hatch Shell.

All information on these two events can be found on the website July4th.org.

How to get to the Hatch Shell in Boston: Take the Green Line to the Arlington stop. Walk toward the river and cross the bridge 9that goes over Storrow Drive). Honestly, follow everyone else.

Oh, and make sure you get there early to see the concert. I recommend about 5 or 5:30. There is a ton of food trucks and whatnot set up so as long as you eat, you will be kept busy. Bring at least a blanket and a chair if you desire and have your own little (crowded) picnic.


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